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I hear that round reels are better than low profile for heavy swimbaits.

Is it necessary?

Will the LP ones wear out faster due to the size of the spool?

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The biggest issue is line capacity...not too many low-profile reels that can hold 100+ yards of 20-30 lb. test.

The low-profile swimbait reel is the Curado 300.

For the round reels, I would look at the Shimano Cardiff/Calcutta or Daiwa Luna.

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There was an article in the last Bassmaster magazine where the writer stated that a low profile reel could not handle the strain of swimbaits. Obviously he had never used a Curado 300... He did plug our Calcutta TE which was nice :)

There are many low profile reels that will handle swimbait fishing. Typically the line capacity is the only thing that will hinder it as being a swimbait reel. Shimano reels for example have oversized gears and drags so they will handle swimbaits without really wearing out. I personally have used my Curado 300's to catch species such as Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, White Sea Bass and Yellowtail here on the west coast. I have fished 80 pound braid with buckled drags for these species and the reels have not broken or worn out yet.

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Round reels are better suited for swimbaits because of the line capacity, they can hold more line of higher test than a comparable low profile of the same size.

But you now have deep spool/high capacity LPs like the Curado 300.

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Most guys are using 25# line or better.  How much of that you gonna fit on your Revo or Sol  :)

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Bantam1, I'm a Daiwa guy, but I have my eye on a 301 for both swimbaits and some of those monster trout I sent you.  A lot of guys on the rivers swear by them, many switching over from Calcutta Bs.

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can u really cast a swimbait 100 yards? Its not like a big bass to spool you like a striper or tuna

Using IPT, the longest cast I have tried to measure was 284 ft.

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